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10/10/14 – 5:28 A.M.

Allen County employees probably won’t be seeing raises in 2015. The Lima News reports the county commissioners have said several departments are requesting raises for their staff. But, budget numbers will probably prevent that from happening. No raises have been given in Allen County for the last two budget cycles.

Commissioner Cory Noonan tells the newspaper sales tax revenues are down around $177,000 for the year. The 2015 budget is expected to be in the neighborhood of $24.5 million.

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10/10/14 – 5:22 A.M.

A Tiffin man has been charged after he allegedly set a fire inside the city’s Walmart. Media partner WTOL-11 reports 21-year-old Jarrod Pfeiffer faces two counts of aggravated arson. Investigators say Pfeiffer intentionally set a display on fire around 4:30 a.m. on September 5.

A sprinkler system contained the flames to racks in the sporting goods department.

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10/10/14 – 5:16 A.M.

A Tiffin man is facing an involuntary manslaughter charge for allegedly killing a man during a fight. The Review-Times reports 49-year-old Keith Hook was indicted by the Seneca County grand jury this week. The charge stems from the September 23 death of 55-year-old Dean Mathias in the 100 block of South Sandusky Street in Tiffin.

A police report says Mathias was found unconscious in the kitchen of Hook’s home. A call to 9-1-1 indicated that a fight had broken out at the residence.

Hook faces three years in prison if convicted.

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10/10/14 – 5:09 A.M.

The former Leipsic IGA grocery store will serve a different purpose soon. The Putnam County Sentinel reports the Harvest Assembly of God has bought the building and is converting it into a church. Pastor Nestor Reyes tells the newspaper church members have been cleaning up the building on weekends to get it ready for worship services.

The building is around 12,000 square feet. When the church is completed it will seat around 200 people. A large part of the building will be used for youth ministry.

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10/10/14 – 4:57 A.M.

The McComb school district has made a change to its public record policy. The Courier reports officials are no longer required to give an estimated time frame of when the documents will be made available. The change to the policy was made Wednesday, following a month where several requests were made.

Superintendent Meri Skilliter says they made the change because sometimes there are outside influences on when records can be gathered that are out of the district’s control. For instance, they could be at the mercy of an attorney or the schedule of the person who has access to the records.

Skilliter also said that it’s usually no problem when only a few requests are made. However, when they are flooded with requests it can disrupt office productivity.

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10/10/14 – 4:49 A.M.

Another man found guilty of a Findlay burglary was sentenced for his crime yesterday. 19-year-old Cayd Burton will spend three years in prison. He and three others broke into a home at 1000 Crystal Meadows Court early in the morning on March 24. The group was found when police tracked the GPS signal from a stolen laptop.

22-year-old Nicholas Rarey and 22-year-old Adrian Castillo have also been given three-year prison sentences. 20-year-old Zachary Montgomery will be sentenced on October 23.

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10/9/14 – 10:42 A.M.

The Blanchard Valley Regional Cancer Center will be expanding in the future. The Findlay City Planning Commission approved plans for a 13,750 square foot building plan during their meeting today…

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Denny Bash is the real estate administrator for Blanchard Valley Health System. He says the new addition will house a laboratory, pharmacy, and a center for infusion therapy…

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Ground will be broken for the project on Findlay’s east side next month.

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10/9/14 – 7:22 A.M.

Methane gas created by the Hancock County landfill will now serve a beneficial purpose. The Courier reports a gas-to-energy conversion project has been completed. The project was a joint collaboration between Hancock County, Granger Energy Services, and the Hancock-Wood Electric Cooperative.

The new plant will generate around 3.2 megawatts of electricity. That’s enough to provide renewable energy to around 2,000 homes and businesses.

Landfill gasses are about 50 percent methane. Perforated pipes in the ground collect the gas, which is then processed and used as fuel for generators. The electricity generated by the landfill is then distributed to the utility grid.

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